Tool Review: Vibe Messaging


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Vibe burst onto the scene following reports that protesters were using it to coordinate with each other at the recent Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and camps.

As a smartphone app for anonymous broadcast messaging, Vibe is going after an important idea. In fact, it’s been promoted as an anonymous version of Twitter. Anyone with the app can post – there are no accounts – and users are able to limit the lifetime of the messages (from a few minutes to a few days) and the location to which they are broadcast (from a few meters to anywhere).

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December 22, 2011

Wolfram|Alpha makes a strong argument for virtual keyboards

Wolfram|Alpha makes a strong argument for virtual keyboards

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

I don’t keep my personal preference for mobile devices with physical keyboards a secret; the sensation of hitting real keys is an indivisible part of the text entry experience for me, and it’s not likely to change any time soon.

But there is one area where physical keyboards are woefully inferior to virtual ones: adaptability. A virtual keyboard can represent any alphabet or be arranged in any configuration the user or software needs, and a physical keyboard simply can’t keep up with that.

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February 6, 2010

Bing may beat Google to compliance with EU anonymization directive

Bing may beat Google to compliance with EU anonymization directive

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

Microsoft Bing top story badgeIn an announcement early this morning, Microsoft stated it is altering the policy of its search engine Bing with regard to retaining personal data collected from its users. Under a new policy that may take as long as 18 months to implement, the company says, it will anonymize its data logs after only six months of retention rather than the previous 18, in compliance with a European Union directive — perhaps the first major US-based search engine to comply.

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January 20, 2010